Bands have a reputation for breaking their fans’ hearts when they decide to split up, only to make dreams come true again when they reunite years later. Although it sometimes falls flat — not everyone retains their talent as they age — beloved band reunions are always a good time. Here are 10 of the best band reunions of all time.
Sources: Independent.co.uk, Spin.com, DailyMail.co.uk, UltimateClassicRock.com, Telegraph.co.uk, HuffingtonPost.com
Led Zeppelin fans were devastated at the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, leading to the band’s decision to split up. In 2007, however, Zeppelin reunited, bringing Bonham’s son Jason on board to join Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones on stage together once more for a charity show in London. Though they had reunited briefly before in 1985, 1988, and 1995, the 2007 show was by far the best and most anticipated. It had been more than a decade since the band had performed live.
Blur dominated the airwaves, particularly in the U.K., during the 1990s, as their pop sound had wide appeal. After guitarist Graham Coxon decided to leave, however, the band split, only to be reunited four years later. They were almost even bigger than before, performing in front of screaming audiences once more, and going on to headline several festivals. Blur released several new singles, along with a special documentary film, and performed a show for the 2012 London Olympics.
After four widely popular albums, the Pixies broke up in 1993 due to longstanding tension within the band, most notably between singer Black Francis and bassist Kim Deal. Eleven years later, they reunited in 2004 and had a four-night run at Brixton Academy that sold out almost as soon as tickets were released. The band has continued to tour since then, and has come out with more original music.
The Beach Boys era came to an end after decades of success, much to the dismay of fans of the bubblegum pop sound. Brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson died in 1983 and 1998 respectively, and Brian Wilson struggled with ongoing mental health and substance abuse problems. Though the remaining members, including Mike Love and Al Jardine, toured together in various forms over the years, the 2012 reunion that brought Brian back into the fold was an exciting moment for fans everywhere. The Beach Boys headlined their own shows across the U.S., and played at several major festivals.
Fleetwood Mac has had several installments throughout the years with a variety of members, but when the 2013 tour was announced, fans went through the roof when they realized Mick Fleetwood, Jon McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks were going to go at it together again. Most of their shows sold out the same day they were released, and Fleetwood Mac ruled the music scene once again.
Rage against the Machine split in 2000, mainly due to “creative differences” between frontman Zack de la Rocha and the rest of the group. But in 2007, the band decided they wanted to give it another go, if only to take a shot at U.S. President George W. Bush (Rage was not a huge fan). When they came together to headline Coachella, guitarist Tom Morello said, “It occurred to all of us that the times were right ot see if we can knock the Bush administration out in one fell swoop, and we hope to do that job well.”
Black Sabbath has had a multitude of talented musicians perform in its name – 25, in fact. But the “true” Black Sabbath, made up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler came back together in 2011. Drummer Bill Ward was replaced by Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk). Fans were ecstatic to see most of the crew together again. The band came out with a new album, “13,” for the first time in 18 years.
The Police decided to bring back some memories in 2007 with a commemorative tour for their 30th anniversary, which became the third highest-grossing tour in history. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland may have all found success on their own, but the reunion tour left no doubt that the crew was most beloved as The Police.
The Eagles broke up for 14 years before deciding to get back together for a new album, “Hell Freezes Over.” The album name was a tongue in cheek reference to Don Heanley’s comment that the Eagles would reform when hell froze over, so at least he was self-aware enough for that. The album went to No. 1, and the band went on the road again with a widely successful tour. The Eagles have toured off and on since their new album was released, and produced a documentary about their reunion.
The seven-piece 90s pop band S Club 7 reunited in full (let’s all just forget S Club 3 ever happened) for a Children in Need charity performance in November 2014. They performed a medley of their biggest hits, and have since announced they will be going on tour in 2015 across the U.K. Though it hasn’t happened yet, there is no doubt that it will be the most fantastic tour ever in the history of the world.